Monday, February 25, 2013

What's in A {Baby} Name??

Countdown to due date is 2 WEEKS and 4 DAYS!!  If I don't go into labor by the 19th, I will have a C-section, so no more than 3 WEEKS and 1 DAY left of this pregnancy. 

...and still NO NAME for our little guy! 

We've narrowed it down to two names - but lest you think that's an accomplishment, here's the scoop:

My future family planning since college always included 2 boys and 2 girls...check...
Tim and I both discussed (as many couples do) how awesome it would be to have twins...check...
Any girl names would start with K - my favorite letter - resulting in our choosing Kaelyn and Kourtney. :)
Boy names would be Titus James and Silas David. 
End of story?? 

Negative... slight dilemma...

Our name (Silas) has been used  - twice...
First by a family member...they are Tim's cousins and  missionaries in Spain so not a huge deal, but still... :) 
Secondly, by a family in our church... recently (within the last 1.5 years). And their last name starts with C as well, so the boys would even have the same initials.  

Sooooo, here are our name choices and some thoughts:

Silas David
forest, woods (think
Biblical significance: 
Silas was a missionary companion of Paul and Timothy. I love the story of Paul and Silas singing in their jail cell at midnight.
It's been taken!!!
But I've had it picked out since college!
It sounds good with Titus....Titus and Silas.
My Titus already calls the baby Silas.
Should I really base the decision of what to name my child on current location and people.  God's been known to move people when they least expect it...and the likelihood of the "two Silases" living near each other after age 18?? And they won't be in the same class at school...
If I don't name him Silas, will I continue to and always THINK of him as Silas??

Thaddeus David
(alt. Thaddaeus)
friend, courageous heart, God's gift
We'd probably call him "Thad."
Biblical significance:
Thaddeus was an apostle of Jesus - also known as Jude. He was a missionary as well. 
I have a love/hate relationship with this name - some days I love it and some days it looks weird on paper.  Pregnancy hormones and emotions, maybe?
It would be his name uniquely.
(and an uncommon and not over-used name is of utmost importance)
I actually like the meaning better.
Naming our son Thaddeus would mean all girl names in our family start with "K" and all boy names start with "T." And, yes, people have noticed and assume we will be picking a "T" name. It happened completely unintentionally, though! And would our Christmas cards look funny if we went with a "non-T" name...Silas = odd man/letter out?? :)
Having a Bible name is also important, and since we have a large family with lots of nieces and nephews, most of them have already been used...Eli, Levi, Noah, Caleb, Andrew, Matthew, Titus, Gideon, Silas, Timothy, Gabriel...all taken. 

I've thought about and analyzed this entirely too much!!!
Please help!!
Leave a comment - because the more opinions the better, right?? 
 and vote in the poll in the sidebar. :)

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Oh and an FYI - Middle name is set...David after Tim's dad. :)

And here's a pretty picture because all blog posts need a picture...
The pack n play is set up in our room and ready! 
 It has survived three kiddos and still looks great! :)

Shanna @ Red Poppy Quilts made our little guy this gorgeous quilt. It adds the perfect finishing touch - I love the colors!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Our Family Valentine's Party {2013} ♥

I had so much fun putting together our family party this year!! I ended up only having to buy the perishable ingredients for our food and paper plates -  the rest was just leftovers from other parties. 

Because our party was delayed by 6+ hours, Titus had lots of time to anticipate the fun.  He kept telling me things like "This is so beautiful," "This is the best party I ever saw," and "I'm so proud of you!"  - he was cracking me up! I always want my kiddos to know that I do what I do for THEM! I think the details do matter to them - he could tell it was a special party just for us. :)

So without too much explanation, here are a few pictures of our Valentine's Day celebration:
Dessert and Presents Table

Brownie Pops

Marshmallow Pops - these things are JUMBO - like...SUPER HUGE!! :)
Titus had fun helping with these!

Chocolate Iced Heart Brownies


Girls' Plates

Titus's Plate - He was so excited about his larger version of the bug valentine!

Food Table

Heart Fruit
Strawberry/Banana Smoothies

Popcorn Chicken - I tossed ours in Sweet Baby Ray's Buffalo Sauce, and it was YUMMY!!!

Homemade Valentine Pizza

She was too engrossed in her bubbles to smile for me...

The girls LOVE their new Care Bears!!! Titus got some new super hero stuff, and they all got new pj's.  But since it was SUPER late, we will be watching our movie and eating our popcorn & snack necklaces TONIGHT! 

What A Day...What A Night! ♥

Wow! We had quite a day...and night yesterday! 

It started out as a normal, wonderful Valentine's Day with lots of fun and goodies planned for our party.  Tim and I were finishing up the last details for food, so I sent the girls in to wake up Titus from his late nap.  Almost immediately, we heard the thud followed by wailing.  

And my fellow parents will understand that you can immediately tell when it's bad - not the normal crying.  As soon as I saw Kourtney on the floor, I could tell she wasn't quite right...and it was actually quite scary.  It's hard knowing something is definitely wrong, but not being able to get any answers... Kaelyn did tell us that she had fallen off the ladder of the bunk bed. But we weren't sure if it was her head, her neck, her back...she just wanted to lay down and close her eyes, so I immediately thought concussion. But then noticed she didn't want to really move at all. Aaghh! 

This was a first for us! I've managed to avoid the emergency room for 31 years! We knew we needed to take her in, but weren't sure exactly where - we live in the City of Medicine with a hundred, it seems, options! But a nurse friend recommended the Duke emergency room, so off they went...Tim and Kourtney.  

After many hours of waiting and watching her, Tim was convinced it was her clavicle.  So after 6+ hours, a hundred text messages/pictures/videos back and forth, a CT scan and an x-ray, the doctor came in and told Tim that "Father knows best" - she had broken her clavicle.  As pitiful as she was, it was actually good to finally know what was wrong!

And so life only gets crazier  - adding full-time nurse to my list of responsibilities. She'll recover just in time for the new baby's arrival in 4 weeks. :) 

We ended up having our Valentine party at 12:30 am.  Kourtney hadn't eaten since lunch and was starving!  Not quite the day we had planned, but we still had a good time when they finally got home.  The kiddos finally went to bed at 1:30 and were out in 30 seconds flat. 
{Party pictures and details to come...}

WOW! What a day! What a night! What a life!!

Gotta love it! :)))

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our DIY Valentine Tree & Valentine Teacher Gifts ♥

My kiddos were so sad when we took down our Christmas tree on the day after Christmas, so I decided we'd make a Valentine tree this year.  Titus helped me paint the pot and branches and string the pom poms, so he is especially proud of our little Charlie Brown tree! :)

For ornaments, my MIL crocheted us some cute hearts.  I found the heart-shaped lights in the Target dollar section, and they added the perfect, festive touch! The pom poms are also from the Target dollar section, so this little tree cost me a total of $5... totally worth it!

We decided to go with Gigi's cupcakes for the kiddos to give their teachers for Valentine's Day...and I must confess I picked up an extra one for myself! I recently discovered that I actually DO like Red Velvet, so I was super excited to try the Scarlett's Red Velvet flavor from Gigi's - YUM!!

I ordered them individually boxed, so all I had to do was add a cute little tag! 

 Doesn't it look super yummy?? I normally do not have a sweet tooth AT ALL, but this pregnancy has changed that, for sure! So, I'm enjoying it now before I have to work on losing the baby weight... :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

DIY Handmade Class Valentines ♥ {FREE PRINTABLE}

My little kiddos have been asking for days now if it is Valentine's Day yet.  I put up a few decorations (including a DIY Valentine tree that I will post soon) several weeks ago and they have been excited since.  We are all looking forward to our traditional pizza/pj/movie party on Thursday!

Although my little ones are not yet in school, they are having Valentine parties in their church classes tomorrow night, so we had fun making some handmade treats for all their little friends.

My girls will be giving their classmates these goldfish valentines.  This idea is not a new one, but I did make my own version just for fun. :)  Well, not really JUST for fun, though I do enjoy digital crafting... it is more economical for me to print these tags out as photos at my local Costco. And I needed them custom sized to fit the 4x6 bags I bought.
 These are super easy!! So if you want to try making them, here's exactly what I did, along with the free printable. :)

• 4x6 cellophane bags 
{I bought a package of 100 at Michael's}
• Goldfish crackers
• Free Printable 
{each print makes two}
• stapler & paper trimmer
• measuring cup


• To customize your bag toppers, you can either just use a Sharpie fine-tip marker to sign your child's name or you can upload the file to PICMONKEY {or any other photo editing software} and add their name as text.

• Download and print off the desired number of tags.  I used Costco's one hour service.  For these tags, be sure sure to choose the option "DO NOT AUTO CORRECT MY PHOTOS" and print them as "lustre" prints.  

• Cut each print in half to make two bag toppers; fold each half in half. :)

• Measure the same amount of goldfish into each bag. I filled mine with a little less than 3/4 cup.  
Center and position the bag topper and staple in place.

DONE! :)


My son will be giving his friends these love bug valentines. Again, this idea is not original with me {I first saw the idea HERE @ Dandee}, but, once again, I customized it to fit my needs. I needed them custom sized for my 4x6 bags, and I wanted a little more explanation in the text... and it was fun for me! :)

The boys will get a creepy critter, but I made super cute ladybug hair clips for the girls.
The hardest part of making these valentines was sitting with my 4-year-old while he wrote his name {with no lines to guide him} 25 times. ;)

• 4x6 cellophane bags 
{same package of 100 from Michael's}
• "love bugs"  
{I bought mine in the Target party favor section 12/$3.  The dollar store has them even cheaper, but these are larger and better quality, IMO.}
• cardstock for printable
• red marker or crayon
• additional cardstock for bag toppers
{I cut mine 4x2.5 and folded in half}
• coordinating washi tape
{I found mine in the Target scrapbook section.}
• stapler & scissors

• Print the attached download {each sheet makes four} and cut out the jars.

• Color the heart and personalize with child's name.
{I do not use a color printer, so I made this design to be colored.  Plus, I thought it was a great way to let younger children be more involved with making them.}

• Insert jar into 4x6 bag with bug of your child's choosing. 
{My son loved picking out the bugs for each jar. :)}

• Tear washi tape to fit bag topper and stick it on. 

•Center and position the bag topper and staple in place.

Super easy, huh?? 
But, I think they turned out adorable and were fun to make!
CREDIT: Blank Mason Jar found HERE @ Sweetly Scrapped.

Linking up @ Daisy Cottage Designs

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